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It's recognizable everywhere and is especially striking, which is why we found this lamp so interesting. This lamp is a tribute to all things relating to video games, and it was a DIY project, so you can make one yourself as well. It looks exactly like an Atari joystick, except that it's about 5 times the size of a normal one. One important thing that Seamster mentions is that he practiced making the parts a few different times in order to get them just right. His 15 step Instructable is quite detailed and will help you create your own amazing lamp. He used photos to model his lamp, since he no longer has his Atari 2600. The success of his build entailed spending a lot of time on details, like the raised ring around the joystick and the way that the base looks. Once the raised ring and base were done, he moved onto the stick, which took him two times to get right. He used the covers of some old video games to make the lamp shade, which is quite appropriate. He primed and painted the whole thing, the set himself to assembling the lamp, using a simple socket lamp from Home Depot. Even if you don't, getting some help or taking your time will make your Atari lamp look good.

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This weekend I discovered that we had a desperate need for an outdoor dining table. After years of carrying the inside dining table outside, Sara Kate said, 'Enough', and I went on the hunt to find an acceptable outdoor dining table that doesn't look or feel junky or make me feel guilty for consuming more crap. >> Lister S-Line Teak Folding Table from Curran - Curran is a great source for aspirational, hard to find outdoor furniture brands at a better price. >> Inox Table from DWR - This Swiss-made stainless steel table is a really durable stylish modern pick. >> Broadway Teak Table from Gardenside - This came in as a tip from a reader while looking for the accompanying outdoor chairs. >> Square and Round Folding Bistro Tables - These classic, all metal French designs are affordable, tough and you can put them away in the winter. >> Teak Folding Bistro Tables - From the same source, these are still simple, though a nice, wood upgrade. >> Zinc Folding Table from NapaStyle - Nice design, but a bit on the expensive side...>> Veranda Tile Dining Table from Crate & Barrel - Aaron saw this in person and really liked it. >> Custom Outdoor Dining Table Picnic Style from Nellies - Found this a few years ago and still love it, though it's a custom solution and not easily available. >> Room & Board Outdoor Tables - Good quality, good style...>> Smith & Hawken Outdoor Tables - Good quality, not a lot of style....>> Restoration Hardware Outdoor Tables - Good quality, a little less style...>> Westminster Teak Outdoor Tables - All teak all the time.

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We've heard rumors for a while about a warehouse in North Hollywood being full of Danish Modern furniture. Then we saw this announcement about one that will be open to the public this Saturday. This Saturday, June 14th, our warehouse will be open to the public from 10-4pm. We just have received a partial container of furniture from Denmark. This is in addition to the 5000 square feet of vintage Danish/Swedish/European mid century modern furniture of all types we already have. We've never had so many low credenzas/sideboards as we do now. Our inventory includes danish mid century modern chairs, sofas, coffee tables, end tables, credenzas/sideboards, book shelves and other pieces.

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Your hooks and hangers don't have to be plain and boring, they can flutter across your wall like butterflies on a spring morning. 'Use them to hang hats, bags, scarves or in the bathroom to hold a towel. Each kid could have their own color or mix and match them across your wall. The hooks are made of metal and measure about 4.3' both high and wide. They're surprisingly expensive at $23 each. In case you're wondering, we weren't sure what to call a group of butterflies so we checked with the North American Butterfly Association and learned that there is no official designation. Here are some suggestions they've culled from their members: a swish of butterflies, a tango of butterflies, a ballet of butterflies, a spray of butterflies.

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Hotel bathrooms tend to be a touch more fearlessly designed than your average residential bath, which resulted in this list of ideas that all focus on don'ts that are worth doing. Don't buy into the concept that a bathroom HAS to have ultra-practical glossy washable walls and traditionally tiled floors break some rules and bring on some unique textures and finishes! This bathroom from the Bellinter House in Ireland shows how chalky matte-finish dark walls and painted wide plank floors look just as gorgeous in the bath as they would in the rest of the house. While they would require different maintenance, it might be worth it for such an elegant look. Don't relegate the penny tile flooring to just the floors. The floor plus wall install is classic concept when done with expensive marble and stone, but it works just as well with more affordable smaller-scale tile. Another point to remember: stopping at the chair rail works well in this example from the Hotel St. Cecilia in Austin - the dark color and intense pattern is made more powerful visually by the balance of the white space. While some closed storage is essential, it takes up lots of room and can visually really close in a small space bathroom. Now, if you were planning a reno and someone suggested a black toilet and sink, you be a little worried, right? But then they say, no, no, it looks great because the floors and walls are also all black - they are done in a super shiny black tile. Eek - you'd be even more doubtful, no? But then, look at this photo of a bathroom from the Hotel on Rivington and it all makes sense. It feels amazingly clean and not at all scary 80s. The main point of looking at these sounds-funky-on-paper ideas? The reminder that there are very few real absolutes in the world of design - keeping an open mind can net the most interesting and beautiful results!

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Feeling a bit moody? We've compiled our list of moody bathrooms done in a daring black to set the tone. Black bathrooms are tricky to pull off: too much gloss and it can look like the set of an 80's Kylie Minogue music video; too little pizzazz and the bathroom looks like a work-in-progress. Take a look at some of our favorite black bathrooms after the jump.... A boudoir black bathroom with a shocking shot of citron, from Laure's favorite black bathroom. A simple yet glamorous bathroom that can be recreated easily with some glossy black paint, floating white shelves, and black and white photographs in simple black frames. This top dollar bathroom features beautiful ebony floors with a matte charcoal-grey wall. Love the elegant clawfoot tub and the silver candelabra and light fixture adds just a touch of fantasy.

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When you're looking for places to bring color into your home, don't overlook the dining room. Dining chairs, tablecloths, and walls are good starting points. Look for photos and options below.... Option #1: Neutral table and colorful chairs. Option #2: If you have a hard time committing to color, bring it in with changeable accessories. Shown: Jackfruit Tablecloth from Anthropologie, $98 and Stockholm Table from IKEA, $429. Option #3: Dress up dining room walls with wallpaper, a great backdrop for elegant dinner parties.

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As a lover of mid-century design, I've long been familiar with the work of designers like Charles and Ray Eames, Hans Wegner, and Eero Sarinen. I confess that it was only recently-thanks, Pinterest!-that I became acquainted with the works of another mid-century great, the Italian designer Gio Ponti. Like a lot of furniture designers of that era, Gio Ponti was also an architect. In addition to that he worked as a professor and an editor, most notably at the Italian design magazine Domus. Ponti also designed this elegant espresso maker, called La Cornuta. Ponti began his career as a designer of household objects by working with 18th-century Italian ceramics manufacturer Richard Ginori, which gave him an appreciation for beautiful colors, fine craftsmanship and luxurious materials. In the latter part of his career, his designs became much more minimal, but they still retained a certain touch of the luxurious. To test his creation, Ponti threw one out of the window of a fourth floor apartment. Even now, after numerous decades, these pieces are still fresh and modern, especially being that designers and interiors are again beginning to embrace luxurious materials, albeit in minimalist forms. Ponti's designs feel particularly right for the interiors of today, and, if the past is any indication, will continue to grace beautiful years for years to come.

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Are you looking to carve out a small little spot in a corner of your living room or dining room for a work or hobby space? Just a little bit of room that's all for you to flex your creative muscles? You might find inspiration for what should be in that corner from this beautifully appointed home office set-up. Whether you do your work during the day next to a natural light source like a window, or you prefer to burn the midnight oil, you'll need some sort of light to get your work done. If any of your work needs a computer to get it done, make sure you have room for your laptop or desktop, and make getting power to your technology easy to access and the wires easy to disguise. If you do any other type of work outside of the digital realm, make sure you have surface room that can support your art or creative work. Having inspiration outside your field of work within reach can help you take yourself out of your own thoughts and give your brain a break that could result in letting the creative gears work on the problem in your brain's background. No matter what creative work you like to dig into at home, make your tools easy to get to and appealing. Whether you buy it or build it, make sure the surface - the desk or wall-mounted shelf - that you do your work on is sturdy and can literally support your creative efforts. If you will be commandeering a corner for your creative work at home, consider styling and decorating this work corner in the same style as the rest of the room so it blends in and complements the room, rather than sticks out and makes the space feel disjointed.

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We recently had our own Adventure and Outing at a family get-together in the Finger Lakes. As excited as we were to spend time with family, we were most looking forward to meeting the two newest family members who are close in age to our one-year-old son. To both minimize the amount each family with a baby would need to transport and to reduce the clutter in the rental home, we made sure to coordinate beforehand to see what baby items we could all share. Having three full-size high chairs never would have worked in this space so between the three families we had one standard high chair, one booster seat and one clamp-on chair for al fresco dining. One family brought a water mat while we brought a baby float to share. One area of sharing we could have coordinated better was food as we ended up with about three dozen baby yogurts and a dozen bananas. Have you vacationed with multiple babies or young children before? Any tips for coordinating beforehand to share?

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What to do when you when you want a $900 bathroom table and sink, but are on a limited budget? Get hackin' of course. Ikea hacker Karen took an Ikea Bekvam kitchen cart for $49.99, took a sabre saw to it, installed a sink, stained/sealed it, and then added all the necessary plumbing.... All hardware and plumbing were purchased from the Expo Design Center. A commenter also mentioned creating a pedestal sink using a barstool for a small space bathroom, so even a small footprint could be created with the right complimentary sink. Just remember to waterproof seal any of wood pieces used.

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Platforms may not be the first solution we go to when it comes to separating a room, but they really do a bang-up job when it comes down to it. Not only do they give homes-lofts, especially-some needed interest with the varying levels, but you can also take advantage of possible storage space underneath. Even if you don't have the time to build your own platform, you can save space by installing a ledge for a desk instead of a bulky desk. This is perfect for people who don't have to store piles of files-but if you do need a cabinet, you can slide one underneath, customizing how much storage space you actually need. Another great example of a custom desk ledge is from my dear friends Monika and Loren: They created their shared home office area in the mezzanine of their Oakland loft by adding a ledge underneath the existing one, creating a split-level desk. They divided the work stations by stowing the computer towers, a scanner, and even a small storage locker in between their respective areas. If you haven't seen the rest of Monika and Loren's house tour, go check it out here.